Potential Solutions

FDOT is committed to finding the right set of solutions for Tampa Bay’s complex transportation challenges. Our interstate modernization plans are built around reducing congestion and improving mobility. We’re willing to explore a broad range of potential solutions that could help us achieve those goals.

One of the first steps in project development is to develop a Purpose and Need Statement.  The purpose and need discussion provides details about the objectives of the proposed action, such as achieving transportation-related needs identified in an MPO plan. If proposed alternatives do not fully address the stated purpose and need, then they can be eliminated from further consideration with documentation, coordination and approval from the Lead Federal Agency, in our case the Federal Highway Administration.  The purpose and need assists in evaluating project alternatives and selecting a preferred alternative

Express Lanes

In addition to evaluating other concepts, FDOT continues to pursue the evaluation of express lanes for the Westshore Area Interchange, Westshore to Downtown Corridor, Downtown Interchange, and I-275 Innovation Corridor. For the Howard Frankland Bridge and I-4, express lanes are identified as the preferred alternative. To learn more about express lanes, click here.

Other Concepts

FDOT received extensive feedback from the community regarding TBX. As part of the reset FDOT announced in December 2016, we are committing to evaluate other concepts in addition to express lanes.

FDOT will hold a public workshop this fall where we’ll share these concept plans and receive public input as we determine which concepts will be carried forward for detailed study. If you have questions about these concepts, or if you’d like to submit a concept idea, contact us.

For questions about the Tampa Bay Next Program, email TampaBayNext@dot.state.fl.us or call 813-975-NEXT (6398).

The Florida Department of Transportation is required to comply with various non-discrimination laws and regulations, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

Comuníquese con nosotros: Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, o simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestro representante en español es: Manuel Flores, El Departamento de Transportación de la Florida, (813) 975-4248, Manuel.Flores@dot.state.fl.us